Taking on the ‘Mona Lisa’ for the nth time


Remember seeing the defaced image of the “Mona Lisa” with a mustache and goatee? That was created by  Marcel Duchamp in 1919 in his work “LHOOQ.”

This act of creating a new work by repainting, redrawing or taking some elements from an original image is referred to as appropriation, a postmodern art practice that uses a borrowed image in creating a new work.

And because Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was painted over 500 years ago when copyright laws were not yet in existence, it is considered to be public domain. For centuries this iconic image has been extensively exploited, replicated reproduced and reinterpreted, making it the most recognizable artwork in history, its popularity even finding its way into calendars, postcards, coffee mugs, T-shirts and other merchandise.

Others have also attempted

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